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Potomac

Valley
Audubon
Society

Volume 22, Issue 6 March 2004


March Program March Field Trips
Two Trip Scheduled
Wednesday, March 9, 2004 – Lois
Sunday March 7, we’ll travel to the Blandy Farm/Vir-
Napier and her birds of prey ginia Arboretum on Route 50. We’ll walk the Arbore-
Lois’ journey into the world of raptors began in 1992 with tum native plant trail. If there are any native trees or
a visit to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a wildlife rehabilita- shrubs you have wanted to identify, here is the place
tion hospital. There she photographed the resident birds of where you can do it—all the trees and shrubs are clearly
prey to use as models for her artwork. Enamored, Lois volun-
marked. After that we’ll check out the woods and open
teered as an animal caretaker in the hospital. That experience
enabled her to come into contact with wildlife and to directly
meadows to see what we can find.
see the impact that man has on it. After about 2 years, Lois We’ll meet at the Visitor’s Center on Rt. 340 at the
was invited to become a docent and at that time began her entrance to Bolivar, opposite the parking lot for Harpers
tenure as an educator. She was taught how to handle many Ferry National Park at 8:30a.m. We can car pool from
species of birds of prey and how to convey information and there.
ideas to people of all ages. In 1994 Lois began the long ap-
plication process and was granted her Federal Education Per- Sunday March 21, we’ll celebrate the first full day of
mit in 1995. As an artist and naturalist, Lois has spent the last spring with a trip to Nolan’s Ferry on the C&O Canal
20 years studying wildlife and nature. She continues to do and explore the fields and ponds at Lilypons in Mary-
field studies as well as reading and attending lectures. land.
Lois currently holds permits from both the U.S. Fish and The section of the C&O at Nolan’s Ferry has open
Wildlife Service and the Virginia Department of Game and fields and a section of mature woods that often yields
Inland Fisheries to possess non-releasable birds of prey for
interesting birds. The fields and ponds at Lilypons could
education. Her permits allow her do programs in Virginia,
yield sightings of various ducks, great blue herons and
Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
migrating shorebirds. Two years ago we had 10-12 snipe,
along with various land birds. We’ll be doing a fair
Early Announcement of and Extraordi-
amount of walking so bring your waterproof walking
nary Program at NCTC shoes or boots.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at 7:30 PM at NCTC We will meet at the first parking lot at Nolan’s Ferry
Our joint program with NCTC this year features award- at 8:30 a.m. If you need directions, contact Pat Hunter,
winning author Gary Ferguson. In his latest book Hawks phunter@npca.org or 304-725-3936, to receive them by
email or snail mail.
-NCTC Program continues on page 3 -Field Trips continues on page 3

Potomac Valley Audubon Society is people dedicated to preserving, restoring,


and enjoying the natural world through education and activism.
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News from Yankauer Nature Preserve · · ·
Summer Camp Details! go that much farther. Please consider a gift to help us
Back by popular demand, we are pleased to announce reach our goal, all for the sake of the Yankauer program-
that we will be offering EIGHT weeks of summer camp ming that is such a unique community asset. For your
this summer at Yankauer! We will be serving children convenience, we’ve enclosed a return envelope. In an
ages 6-12 and the daily schedule will be 9-3. The cost is attempt to “practice what we preach” and conserve, some
$85/week unless otherwise noted. The dates and themes of you may receive our extra envelopes from last year.
will be as follows: Thanks for your help! Let’s meet this challenge!
June 14-18: ìAnimals Aboundî
June 21-25: ìCreature Featuresî Donate Your Vehicle!
June 28-July 1: ìWeather the Weatherî Are you wondering what to do with your old wheels?
(Note: 4 day week ñ only $75) Through a partnership with Winchester Auto Dealer’s
July 6-9: ìGeology Rocks!î (Note: 4 day Exchange (WADE) we can now accept vehicles as do-
week ñ only $75) nations! WADE will pick up the vehicle, clean it up,
July 12-16: ìTree-mendous Treesî auction it off, and send us a check (after taking a small
July 19-23: ìCreepy Crawly Crittersî percentage for their service). It’s quick, easy and mutu-
July 26-30: ìEarth Artistsî ally beneficial: you get a tax deduction for the Blue
August 2-6: ìAdventures in Natureî Book value of the vehicle, and the sale of the vehicle
benefits the programs of Yankauer! What a deal! For
For more information more details, contact Kristin Alexander at
about what each week PVASmail@aol.com or 304-676-3397.
holds and registration in-
formation, go to our
w e b s i t e : Get Onboard at the
www.potomacaudubon.org Shepherdstown Train Station
or call 304-676-3397. In- Don’t miss out on
ternship and junior counse- the inaugural event
lor opportunities are avail- of “Preserve Part-
able and we love volun- ners”—a network of
teers to lend a hand. Please community mem-
help us spread the word! bers who are inter-
Adam Benjamin looks for bugs during ested in supporting
last year’s "IncredibleInsects" week. the Yankauer Pre-
serve. Plan to attend
DOWN TO THE WIRE! our kickoff event at
Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends, the Shepherdstown Train Station on Sunday,
the Annual Appeal has reached the lofty sum of $10,500! February 29 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. If you are inter-
The last weeks of these appeals always present the great- ested in getting involved with our nature pre-
est challenge, but we still need to hit our goal of $12,000 serve or have a special talent that would benefit
before the end of March. Still, there’s hope! We just Yankauer, WE WANT YOU! No dues, no fees!
received a “Challenge” from an anonymous PVAS mem- Just come out to join Preserve Partners. Come
ber: This generous soul has pledged to match all dona- see what the buzz is all about. Bring your ques-
tions up to the $1,500 we need, starting right now! This tions and energy; we will have refreshments and
is terrific, but we won’t get this $1,500 unless our friends fun!! If you are interested, but can not make
and members dig down for the same! So, please do what the meeting, please call 304-676-3397 or e-mail
you can to help. This is your chance to make your gift Ann Craig at yankauerpp@frontiernet.net.

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-NCTC Program continues from page 1
President’s Perch
Hi Everyone - The ground- Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone, In
hog said six weeks until spring, his book, Ferguson comes to know the wild and beauti-
and we are almost there. Even ful core of greater Yellowstone “as a kind of sanatorium
though it hasn’t looked much for the disenfranchised, a way station for men riding and
like spring of late, we have hiding spring to fall to escape whatever curses they imag-
been busy putting our spring ine hovering in the culture at large.”
and summer programs together. On the top of the list is Gary Ferguson’s nature articles have appeared in doz-
our camp scholarships ... please make sure any deserv- ens of national magazines, including Outside, Sierra,
ing young people get the details on how to apply, we Vanity Fair, American Forests, Big Sky Journal, Mod-
will be sending at least 5 kids to camp this year, as well ern Maturity, Travel Holiday, and productions of New
as some to our Yankauer Day Camp. In addition there York’s Children’s Television Workshop. He’s also the
are birds walks on March 7 & 21 and other outings to author of fourteen books on nature and science, includ-
get us out-of-doors into some spring sunshine (and prob- ing Through the Woods: A Journey Through America’s
ably some rain too). Wil Hershberger is getting ready to Forests, a starred selection in Kirkus Review as well as
start spring Birding 101 classes also (if you haven’t al- a winner of the prestigious Lowell Thomas Awards, and
ready sent your name in, drop Wil a note at Spirits of the Wild: The World’s Great Nature Myths,
woodsong_wv@earthlink.net). selected by the New York City Public Library as one of
Our Yankauer Preserve has invited all of us to their the best books of 1996.
kick-off event at the Shepherdstown Train Station on Gary has appeared on more than a hundred radio and
February 29 (see page 2), 4-6 p.m., and there will be live television programs; his nature-oriented essays can be
birds at our next membership meeting on March 10. heard on National Public Radio affiliates throughout the
What more could you ask for? With all we have going country. Before beginning his writing career he worked
on, I’m sure there is something that will suit you. as an interpretive naturalist for the U.S. Forest Service
It’s also the time of year that we seek out new folks to in Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
join our PVAS Board of Officers. So please consider Join us at NCTC for an extraordinary program.
donating some time to help us do all the good things we
do by volunteering to fill one of the following positions: -Field Trips continues from page 1
Treasurer, Education Chair, Publicity Chair, Conserva-
tion Chair, Fundraising Chair ... call the current Board Saturday, March 27, you are welcome to join the
Member in the position, or me, for more information. Loudon Conservancy on its monthly bird and nature walk
thru the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Steward-
Have you heard those birds singing on sunny morn-
ship. This beautiful 900-acre preserve is located on Harp-
ings? ... have you seen any robins? ... and how about
ers Ferry Road, Rt. 671, in northwestern Loudoun County.
those goldfinches, they are turning gold again! Come
Only a few miles south of Harpers Ferry and the
joint us in welcoming spring! – Diana Mullis
confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, this
Summer Camp Scholarships property includes meadows in the valley and heavily
For information and applications, contact Sue forested slopes on the Blue Ridge. The group meets at
Mellott, 304-725-4153, or e-mail the Neersville Volunteer Fire Station on Rt. 671 at 8:00
llamamama1@earthlink.net. Scholarships this year a.m.
will include Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies
at Capon Bridge, WV, http://camppage.com/bcws/,
The Mountain Institute – Spruce Knob Mountain April Trips
Center, http://www.mountain.org, and West Virginia April 17, PVAS’s incomparable Bob Dean will lead
DNR Junior Conservation Camp, http:// a field trip – destination to be determined. But wher-
www.wvdnr.gov/environmental/ycpact.shtm. If you ever Bob decides to go it is sure to be a great experi-
know a deserving young person, get an application ence. A trip to Altoona Marsh is tentatively scheduled
started, now! for Sunday, April 25.
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West Virginia Water Conservation We Need YOU on our Board
Legislative Update (Keep Reading!)
We need you to start thinking about volunteering two
Excerpt from: Charleston Gazette 2/18/04 hours a month to attend a board meeting and a few more
hours to fulfill the duties of a board position, much of
Panel Strengthens Water Study Bill
By Ken Ward Jr. which can be done at home. We don’t bite and we love
STAFF WRITER
fresh and not-so-fresh faces.
A House judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday strength- Now is the time to let us know if you or someone you know
ened a bill to help the state manage its water resources. would like to join the PVAS Board of Directors for a one or
two year term. You can be part of an environmentally respon-
Committee members expanded a Department of En- sible, non-profit organization that enjoys a positive and pres-
vironmental Protection survey of large water users, from tigious community image. Come help us fulfill the mission
a snapshot of several years to an ongoing annual effort. statement that we proudly display on the front page of this
newsletter.
The committee also gave DEP authority to write wa-
ter management plans, starting in 2006, for areas “where If you have questions or would like to nominate yourself or
the quantity of water resources are found to be currently someone else, contact Diana Cummins at (304) 728-0345 or
stressed or likely to be stressed.” montex@frontiernet.net. You can also contact the current
board member in that position. (See last page) Nomi-
The committee, chaired by Delegate Corey Palumbo, nees will be on the May 2004 ballot and voting will be held at
D-Kanawha, approved the revised bill. The full Judiciary the May Spring Dinner.
Committee is expected to take up the measure, perhaps
The following positions are still open for next year:
as early as next week.…
fundraising, treasurer, publicity, and education. I hope to
In his State of the State address in January, Gov. Bob hear from you! – dc
Wise threw his support behind a water-use bill and pro-
posed his own version. On Feb. 4, a somewhat modified
version of Wise’s bill passed the Senate unanimously. AUDUBON AT HOME LAUNCHES
WEBSITE
The version advanced by the House subcommittee
Ivyland, PA, Thursday, February 5, 2004 – You know
claims West Virginia’s waters “as valuable public natu-
where you live, but do you know your “ecological ad-
ral resources held by the state for the use and benefit of
dress?” Audubon At Home, a new program made pos-
its people.”…
sible in part by the US Department of Agriculture’s Natu-
Rather than just preserving “common law” rights as ral Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is bring-
the Senate version did, the subcommittee language would ing conservation home through an exciting, interactive
protect “riparian rights of capture, possession and all website designed to give guests useful information on
other existing rights and remedies recognized by com- making their backyards more bird-friendly, and their
mon law or by statute.” homes healthier and safer for their families. It accom-
The subcommittee also revived a provision to require plishes this by helping users identify the natural charac-
ongoing annual reporting of water use by large users, teristics of their property and its role in local ecology.
rather than a one-time survey or a survey over several As the centerpiece of this year’s Great Backyard Bird
years.… Count (GBBC) www.birdsource.org/gbbc/, Audubon is
stressing the value of backyard habitat and asks partici-
The survey and reporting would apply to withdrawals pants to make their yards not only bird-friendly, but also
of 750,000 gallons a month or more. bird-safe. The new Audubon At Home website, http://
In another expansion, the subcommittee added a re- www.audubon.org/bird/at_home/index.html, contains a
quirement for ongoing reporting of transfers of water treasure trove of information that gives users the tools
from one basin in the state to another. Water utilities they need to create backyards that will attract birds and
would be exempted from that requirement. safeguard them as well.

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IN MEMORIAM Annual Dinner
Mark your calendars for our annual dinner. The date
Peg Boyer is May 8 and the place is our own Yankauer Pavilion.
December 10, 1945 – January 31, 2004 This event will be a casual, bring the kids, bring a dish
Potomac Valley Audubon Society recently lost an to share, picnic. Plans include possible bird walks, blue
enthusiastic and hard-working member and friend, grass music, star gazing and an owl walk. This is a time
Peg Boyer, who served as Hospitality Chair on the to honor some
PVAS Board from 2001 to 2003. of our out-
standing vol-
Peg joined PVAS soon after moving to Harpers unteers, to an-
Ferry seven years ago with her husband, Dan. She nounce newly
frequently assisted PVAS wildlife rescue coordina- elected board
tor, Diana Mullis, by transporting injured birds to members and
rehabilitation centers. She attended monthly mem- enjoy the
bership meetings regularly with neighbors, Lynn and comradery of
Tess. Accepting the job of Hospitality Chair after f e l l o w
it had been unfilled for a brief time, she transformed P VA S e r s .
it immediately by taking on several new duties— More details
planning, negotiating, and arranging both the Christ- will be forth coming. - Susan Brookreson
mas potluck dinner and the annual May banquet—
in addition to coordinating refreshments for each
monthly meeting. She carried out her board duties
with a unique grace, style, and sense of humor.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE, JOIN PVAS TODAY!
Peg brought to PVAS some well-developed orga-
nizational skills from a work background that in- When you join PVAS, you automatically become a member
of the National Audubon Society.
cluded corporate, professional, real estate, and gov- Your membership includes:
ernment jobs. Dan reports that she loved birds and ♦ One year (six issues) of award-winning Audubon
other animals all her life and that she grew up in Magazine
Chicago next to a forest preserve of several hun- ♦ Eight issues of Valley Views, PVAS’s newsletter of field
dred acres, where “she would wander out trips, programs, and local issues
constantly…to her mother’s distraction.” ♦ Advance notice of all PVAS events
We will miss Peg Boyer, enthusiastic, cheerful, ENCLOSED IS MY CHECK FOR:
and caring friend. $20 Individual SPECIAL OFFER, 1st time members only!
$35 Individual (renewal)
– Kathryn Henry, Past President, 2001-03
$15 Seniors and full-time students.

Make checks payable to


Address Updates Appreciated National Audubon Society.
Mail to:
Help us update our files. We have lost many e-mail Membership Chair, PVAS
addresses for people who used to have an email address P.O. Box 578
ending with either intrepid.net or stargate.com. Please Shepherdstown, WV 25443
send your new e-mail address to montex@frontiernet.net Name____________________________________
or deldridg@citlink.net. Address__________________________________
________________________________________
If you’ve changed postal addresses, we need that too. City______________________St___ ZIP_______
We will keep you informed about both PVAS and/or
Yankauer happenings, tell us which. Thank you! Chapter Code Y54

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Shepherdstown, WV

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United Way of Jefferson County, and the
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March 2004 Printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper Volume 22, Issue 6
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second
Wednesday of each month, September through April, in the auditorium at the
USGS Leetown Science Center, Letown/Kearneysville, WV. Programs are free
and open to the public. For additional information about PVAS or its programs
and activities, please call any of the board members listed her or see http://
potomacaudubon.org. PVAS serves the Easter Panhandle of West Virginia and
neighboring Washington County, Maryland.

PVAS Officers and Board Members


President: Diana Mullis 304 267-3482 ......................................................... dianamullis@aol.com
PVAS BOARD Vice President: Diana Cummins 304 728-0345 ................................................ montex@frontiernet.net
The PVAS Board Secretary: Mina Goodrich 304 876-2159 ........................................................ larrymina@aol.com
Treasurer: Mike Zagarella 304 876-3165 ................................................... ozcouple@intrepid.net
meets the first Conservation: Dale Nisbet 304 535-9916 ........................................................... dale_nisbet@nps.gov
Wednesday of Education: Sue Mellott 304 725-4153 ................................................. llamamama1@earthlink.net
Field Trips: Patsy & Ken Hunter 304 725-3936 .................................................. phunter@npca.org
the month Hospitality: Susan Brookreson 304 263-2823 .............................................. brookre@earthlink.net
(Sept.-April) at Membership: Mary Sue & Dave Eldridge 304 876-2337 .................................. marysuee@citlink.net
Newsletter: Wayne Braunstein 304 728-7181 ............................................ wbraun1@peoplepc.com
Shepherd Col- Programs: Fiona Harrison 304 724-7458 ........................................................ fharrison@brces.org
lege, Snyder Publicity: Diane Sylvester 304 263-6449 .................................................. twosylvesters@cs.com
Hall, Room 317, Fundraising: (please volunteer to fill this space)
International: Bill Belton 304 258-3067 ........................................................ wbelton@direcway.com
7PM. These Yankauer liaison: Susan Brookreson 304 263-2823 .............................................. brookre@earthlink.net
meetings are Special Contacts
Director of Yankauer: Kristin Alexander 304 229-9771 .......................................... Kaemail730@aol.com
open to all PVAS Newsletter Publisher: David Miller 304 263-3130 ............................................. cdmillermart2@juno.com
members. Web Master: Kathy Bilton ...................................................................................... kathy@fred.net
PVAS Wildlife Rescue Coord: Diana Mullis ............................................. 304-267-3482 & 304 724-4500(day)

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